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How many amps can a 50 amp breaker handle?

A 50 Amp split phase 120/240 VAC service should be capable of 50 Amps per leg for a total ampacity of 100 Amps. It's true that you have 50 Amp on each leg for 100 Amp total, but if you get up to 45 Amp continuous on one leg, you will trip the breaker.

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